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An angel came down to Bethesda's pool

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1. An angel came down to Bethesda's pool
Each season with healing power;
But we have in Jesus a healing font,
That saves dying souls each hour.

The waters are troubled, step in, step in,
There's room for all;
The Spirit is pleading, the Saviour waits,
O list to the loving call.

2. Who entered the pool of Bethesda first
Could healing alone receive,
But here is a fountain that flows for all
Who shall in the Lord believe. [Chorus]

3. Then haste to this fountain,
O sin-sick ones,
The maim'd and the halt and blind,
And plunge in its waters by faith this hour,
And fullest salvation find. [Chorus]

4. The Spirit is pleading this solemn hour,
O turn from him not away;
The waters are troubled, step in, step in,
Make Jesus your own today. [Chorus]

Source: Carols of Hope: a compilation of select sacred songs for use in Sunday schools, praise and young people's services #159

Author: Francis A. Blackmer

Blackmer, Francis Augustus. (Ware, Massachusetts, February 17, 1855--October 8, 1930, Somerville, Massachusetts). Advent Christian musician. His parents, Augustus and Jane Blackmer, were among those caught up in the excitement of the Millerite Movement. One son, Fred, became an Advent Christian minister. Francis, with a talent recognized at an early age, consecrated his own life to Christian service as a musician. He was immersed in baptism at the Adventist campmeeting in Springfield, Massachusetts, by Elder Miles Grant. His early years were spend in central Massachusetts, his schooling at Wilbraham Academy. He was largely self-taught in harmony and musical composition. He wrote the words and music to his first gospel song, "Out on the f… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: An angel came down to Bethesda's pool
Author: Francis A. Blackmer
Refrain First Line: The waters are troubled, step in, step in
Copyright: Public Domain



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Blessed Hope Hymnal #d6

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Carols of Hope #159

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